International Anti Corruption Day 2020 falls on December 9th a day that springboard for awareness-raising actions against ill effects of corruption.
Corruption is criminal, immoral, and the ultimate betrayal of public trust. It is even more damaging in times of crisis- as the world is now facing the same with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Day is observed to create awareness about the socio-economic issues and how one can fight against them.
International Anti-Corruption Day is celebrated worldwide under the observance of the United Nations and encourages a global fight against corruption keeping the sustainable development goal of 2030 at the apex. Hence we have compiled up information for the same read it.
What is Corruption?
According to the UN, corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country region or community is immune to corruption. It is found in all parts of the world whether it is political, social, or economic which threatens and undermines democratic institutions.
In easy words, we can say that corruption is dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery is the abuse of entrusted power of private gain and can occur in several forms. It corrodes the fabric of society. It takes people’s freedom, health, money, and sometimes their lives. Someone has said right it’s a kind of slow poison.
History Behind Anti Corruption Day
In December 2003 the first step to fight against international was taken by the United Nation bypassing the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). It was drafted on 31st December 2005. The main of the treaty was to legally trigger the member of states involved in corruption and enforce law and order. Five significant steps were issued to prevent corruptions-
To Take Necessary Steps to prevent corruption
To Provide technical assistance and exchange of information
Recovery of Asset and its return to the country of origin
Enforcing Law and Order
The headquarters of UNCAC is located in Merida and New York. The Secretary-General of the United States acts as the depository and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is the secretary to the meetings of the state parties.
How is the International Anti Corruption Day Celebrated?
The International Anti-Corruption Day is organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime( UNODC) every year globally. All these agencies work together to bring together people from all walks of life in the fight against corruption, serving as a global call for action and raising awareness about the UN Convention against Corruption.
Nowadays social media plays a vital role in spreading messages, encourage people, and provide information from every hook and corner of the country wherever the bribery takes place.
We take things lightly, ignore what happens around us because most people are of the opinion that corruption is a part and parcel of life and nothing can be done to eradicate it. Hence it’s necessary to understand that unless all the citizens in a country get determined to eradicate it from the roots, we can expect our country to be corruptions free. In fact, the objective of achieving sustainable development globally by 2030 is possible only if we eliminate bribery totally.